(Caution: Mild spoilers for Netflix’s “Wednesday” ahead.)
What’s a Tim Burton project without Easter eggs? The new series ‘Wednesday’ is teeming with it, from callouts to the TV series, the movies and everything about Tim Burton. Production designer Mark Scruton has filled the Netflix show with fun references for those familiar with the other versions.
The “Addams Family” spin-off stars Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, who is sent to Nevermore Academy, where she tries to master her newfound psychic abilities and solve a murder mystery tied to the past from her family.
There are tons of teases and references throughout the eight-part series, including teasers in the credits, the town of Jericho, where the “normies” live, storefronts like the florist, cobbler, and thrift store straight out of the original Charles Addams cartoons, plus a shrunken head in Director Weems’ office, a reference to “Beetlejuice.”
Here are a few that have been spotted.
Speak with Variety, Scruton revealed that Wednesday’s Weathervanes coffee shop and Nevermore’s students regularly have classic Tim Burton teasers.
All kinds of metal weather vanes are screwed to the wall. They were designed by Scruton in reference to Burton’s other films: a headless horseman from “Sleepy Hollow” and Willy Wonka’s hat.
Wednesday hates anything related to pilgrims and colonialism. When she is transferred to her new school Nevermore, Wednesday discovers that the nearest amusement park is Pilgrim World.
The theme park is a nod to the “Addams Family Values” movie sequel, in which Wednesday and her brother Pugsley are sent away to Camp Chippewa. It’s a place neither of them can stand, especially Wednesday, which burns the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving celebration to the ground.
Ever-curious Wednesday learns that Nevermore Academy has a secret society. The audience first hears about the entrance leading to a hidden passageway when Marilyn Thornhill, played by Christina Ricci, stands in front of it. A simple two-finger snap opens the entrance.
The two snaps listen to the Addams Family theme tune with the famous finger clicking.
Another subtle nod to “Addams Family Values” comes when Wednesday picks up an archery bow. In the Tim Burton movie, Pugsley and Wednesday show off their archery skills. As Wednesday reads a letter from Uncle Fester, Pugsley shoots a bald eagle.
Scruton teases that the gargoyles in the quad are a huge clue to the series. “The gargoyles refer to different characters, and there’s a big plot point hidden there.”
The first time audiences meet Wednesday’s brother Pugsley in the film, he has an apple in his mouth and is tied up as she shoots an arrow at him.
In the first episode, Wednesday opens her locker to discover Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez) tied up with an apple in his mouth. This sets in motion the chain of events that sends Wednesday to Nevermore Academy.